Label – Nuclear Blast
Release Date: April 1, 2013
When I’m driving around Bangalore and get really frustrated with the traffic I like to listen to some really (and I mean really) heavy music to keep my more homicidal urges at bay. Lately my favorite has been Thy Art Is Murder’s (TAIM) new album Hate. When I get seriously pissed off this album is all I need to keep me calm and collected as I roast in the Bangalore heat waiting for some idiot to move because the light has been green for over 10 seconds.
I am new to the deathcore scene but have been listening to a few bands which have caught my attention. So I was quite willing to do this review as it would help me broaden my deathcore knowledge (if you can call it that). TAIM have been around since 2006 and have been developing their sound along with a strong fan following down under in their home country of Australia. With two EPs and an album under their belt they are no strangers to the industry. Relentless touring has further broadened their fan base beyond Australia to other parts of the world. Now they are back with their new offering of Hate.
The overall feeling you get from this album is that of hate and utter destruction. If this album was a tank, it wouldn’t think twice before blowing up an orphanage full of infants. Ultra heavy riffs mixed with excellent drums gives that wall of sound effect I love so much. A trend I’ve noticed in the album is that their style of playing and song structure gradually moves from deathcore to a more death metal sound towards the end of the album. Of course they do not completely abandon the deathcore element but the death metal sound becomes more evident as the album progresses.
The album is littered with catchy riffs and drum parts that will be stuck in your head for days. Lee Stanton on drums is amazing. He seems to have a huge arsenal of drum patterns which will never leave you bored even though some parts of the album may seem a little bland at times. The black metal fan in me is left satisfied as almost every song has an excellent super-fast blast beat section. An excellent example of his drumming skills is the song “Shadows Of Eternal Sin”. Lyrics range from politics to religion to the environment revolving around the general theme of hate. Basically they hate everything.
These guys seem to know what they are good at and have stuck to that without getting too experimental. Each song on the album is not more than 4 minutes long. Hence it doesn’t get too repetitive and gives you just enough of a kick to keep you interested. Although they are a deathcore band I felt that some of their breakdowns were sort of underwhelming and boring at times, often the saving grace was the drum fill. Solos are your standard death metal fare, nothing too great. Although I must say the solo in “Infinite Forms” is an exception. The vocals are harsh and guttural but intelligible which is a big bonus. There are many parts where an audience can sing along and participate when the songs are played live.
The production on the album is one of the best I’ve heard from any extreme metal band in a long time. All the instruments are crisp and audible and the vocals are at the perfect level. Tom Brown and Andy Marsh on guitars are good. They have a good play of light and heavy with one guitar doing melodic leads at the back while the other is just killing it with the riffs. I already mentioned Lee Stanton on drums. He has done his job perfectly. Sean Delander on bass is good, striking a balance between the guitar riffs and the drums with his playing. Chris ‘CJ’ McMahon on vocals has a very guttural but intelligible style of delivery which suits the music and adds to the bands appeal. I was not such a big fan of the second set of higher pitched vocals though, they seemed out of place.
On the whole Hate is a good album but with a few ups and downs. The end result though is of a satisfied listener who will want to go back and listen to it again. Stand out tracks are “Reign of Darkness”, “Shadow Of Eternal Sin” and “Dead Sun”. So the next time you feel angry at someone just put Hate on and let Thy Art Is Murder release the hatred for you.
Check out our recent interview with CJ McMahon.
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